New Books

June 2, 2007 at 8:26 pm 5 comments

I just arrived in Norway with a backpack stuffed full of library books and not as many clothes as I had hoped to fit in. Before I got here, I indulged in a bit of on-line book buying. Not all of them managed to fit in the backpack (or even arrived before I left), but here’s what I have to look forward to:

  • Monster Blood Tattoo, by D. M. Cornish (last time I was in Adelaide all my friends were raving about this new Adelaide writer. Unfortunately it’s a big heavy hardback so I’ll have to wait till I get back to Leeds before I read it.)
  • News From Nowhere and Other Writings, by William Morris
  • Hunger, by Knut Hamsun (apparently a Norwegian classic along the lines of Dostoevsky, but more depressing – better make sure I’m in a cosy place before I read it)
  • Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath, by Sigrid Undset (a Norwegian novel set in the Middle Ages! When I came across a mention to this book on Books Are My Superpower, how could I resist! Unfortunately this one didn’t arrived till after I’d left)
  • The Green Knight, by Iris Murdoch (yep, more medieval references)

At the moment I’d reading Orlando by Virginia Woolf, and writing a thesis chapter on Les Murray, so maybe I’ll post a bit about him, too.

Oh, and here’s a link to the blogroll game – good fun if you want to meet other book-bloggers!


Entry filed under: new books.

The Hours Les Murray

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bybee  |  June 3, 2007 at 5:19 am

    I strongly recommend Hunger. If I ever get a copy of it again, I’m going to reread it.

  • 2. Siew Cooper  |  June 3, 2007 at 7:38 am

    I’d be interested in a post on Les Murray; I studied some of his poems in first year English and really enjoyed it.

  • 3. acquisitionist  |  June 3, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Sorry I posted under the wrong ID – was playing around with another blog. What I did say was that I too await a post on Les Murray. I feel guilt because I’ve had no exposure to him.

  • 4. Dewey  |  June 3, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    I have Orlando on my TBR pile. I’m going to head over to your non-books blog now.

  • 5. Rhinoa  |  June 7, 2007 at 9:21 am

    I haven’t read any of those books, but I know what it’s like to arrive somewhere with a bag full of books and not clothes!

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